Newcomers to Portland will discover that the city and its surrounding areas are littered with entertainment options for children. Although the city’s numerous parks and gardens are perfect for an afternoon outdoors, parents will also find things to do in the city on the wettest of days.
Entertainment for kids in Portland
The Oregon Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals from more than 215 species. A visit to this zoo will provide an opportunity for children and their parents to see creatures from all over the world up close. The Zoo’s Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation also hosts talks and workshops that teach ways to get involved with their restoration and conservation projects. The Oregon Zoo is a place where whole family can spend a day learning about animals and the environment in a space that is dedicated to their protection.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a museum aimed at educating children and young adults about science and technology in a fun, interactive and memorable way. With three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, retired navy submarine and many exhibition halls, children will have a hands-on experience intended to inspire curious minds about science, technology and industry.
World Forestry Centre Discovery Museum
Tree and forest lovers of all ages will find the exhibits and educational tours at this museum fascinating. Aimed at teaching its visitors about the importance of forests and sustainability, this beautiful museum provides educational talks and tours, trips to a demonstration forest and even a thrilling raft ride on the Clackamas River.
Entertainment for kids just outside the city
Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark
The Evergreen waterpark, located in the Willamette Valley, is an extension on the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. With a gigantic wave pool, an H2O Museum and 10 different waterslides, children of all ages are sure to have a fun packed day exploring the park and its facilities.
Mount Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl
While winter finds Mount Hood coated in snow and ready for the ski season, summer sees the Skibowl transform in an adventure park with more than 20 attractions for the family to enjoy. Those looking for some adrenaline pumping activities won’t have to look further than the reverse bungee cord, zip line and lift-access mountain bike trails, while ranger-led nature walks are also available for those who’d prefer to meander along the mountainside.
►Find out about the many festivals and events that Portland hosts each year in What's On in Portland.
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